Ikhwanweb :: The Muslim Brotherhood Official English Website

Tue930 2014

Last update04:28 AM GMT

Back to Homepage
Font Size : 12 point 14 point 16 point 18 point
:: Archive > MB in International press
Obama in Muslim Brotherhood
Obama in Muslim Brotherhood
Right wing writer tabs Bush, Obama in Muslim Brotherhood
Center for Security Policy founder, former Reagan Administration arms control adviser and Washington Times Op-Ed writer Frank Gaffney was apparently driven out of his mind by the “revelations” he found buried in President Obama’s Cairo speech, arguing in the paper today that the speech proved Obama is a Muslim and that even if it didn’t exactly prove Obama is a Muslim, well, then it proved that Obama’s sympathies lie with Muslim extremists!
Tuesday, June 9,2009 21:52
by John Tomasic Colorado Independent
Center for Security Policy founder, former Reagan Administration arms control adviser and Washington Times Op-Ed writer Frank Gaffney was apparently driven out of his mind by the “revelations” he found buried in President Obama’s Cairo speech, arguing in the paper today that the speech proved Obama is a Muslim and that even if it didn’t exactly prove Obama is a Muslim, well, then it proved that Obama’s sympathies lie with Muslim extremists!

But champion iconoclast John Caruso at his blog The Distant Ocean makes a mockery of such over-the-top interpretations of the speech — over-the-top interpretations on both the right and the left — by culling quotes from Bush on the same topics and passing them off as parts of the Obama speech. Brilliant!

On deference for Muslim culture and traditions (ie, the “Holy Koran”):

George W. Bush: We have great respect for the commitment that all Muslims make to faith, family, and education. And Americans of many backgrounds seek to learn more about the rich tradition of Islam. [...] I have asked young Americans to study the language and customs of the broader Middle East. And for the first time in our nation’s history, we have added a Koran to the White House Library.

On commitment to a state of Palestine and recognition of the suffering of the Palestinians:

Bush: I’m committed to two democratic states — Israel and Palestine — living side-by-side in peace and security. I’m committed to a Palestinian state that has territorial integrity and will live peacefully with the Jewish state of Israel. [...] The Palestinian people have suffered from decades of corruption and violence and the daily humiliation of occupation.

There’s also the refusal to kowtow to AIPAC and Israel, as though the president — whichever one it may be– was unconcerned with the potential political cost:

Bush: Israel also has a large stake in the success of a democratic Palestine. Permanent occupation threatens Israel’s identity and democracy. A stable, peaceful Palestinian state is necessary to achieve the security that Israel longs for. So I challenge Israel to take concrete steps to support the emergence of a viable, credible Palestinian state.

And the bold demand that Israel stop all settlement activity:

Bush: Israeli settlement activity in occupied territories must stop. And the occupation must end through withdrawal to secure and recognize boundaries consistent with United Nations Resolutions 242 and 338. [...] Israel should also show a respect, a respect for and concern about the dignity of the Palestinian people who are and will be their neighbors.

And the thoughtful overtures to the people of Iran and an embrace of multilateralism:

Bush: Let me speak directly to the citizens of Iran: America respects you, and we respect your country. We respect your right to choose your own future and win your own freedom. And our nation hopes one day to be the closest of friends with a free and democratic Iran.

To overcome dangers in our world, we must also take the offensive by encouraging economic progress, and fighting disease, and spreading hope in hopeless lands. Isolationism would not only tie our hands in fighting enemies, it would keep us from helping our friends in desperate need. We show compassion abroad because Americans believe in the God-given dignity and worth of a villager with HIV/AIDS, or an infant with malaria, or a refugee fleeing genocide, or a young girl sold into slavery.

Here he is also on the need to draw a clear distinction between Muslims in general and Muslim terrorists:

Bush: By deliberately murdering the innocent to advance their aims, these extremists defy the fundamental principles of international order. They show contempt for all who respect life and value human dignity. They reject the words of the Bible, the Koran, the Torah, or any standard of conscience or morality.

So, what to make of the ex-President’s confusing sentiments? Frank Gaffney might offer the same cautionary interpretation he provided today in considering the nearly identical sentiments expressed in Egypt by Obama:

Whether Mr. [Bush] actually is a Muslim or simply play[ed] one in the presidency may, in the end, be irrelevant. What is alarming is that in aligning himself and his policies with those of Shariah-adherents such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the president greatly intensif[ied] the already enormous pressure on peaceful, tolerant American Muslims to submit to such forces — and heightened expectations, here and abroad, that the rest of us will do so as well.

Read Caruso in full. Then read Gaffney again. You could get stuck doing that all night because, in Crazyland USA, who needs cocktails anymore?

The Source

Related Topics:

The First Muslim President


Posted in MB in International press , Obama  
Add Comment Send to Friend Print
Related Articles
OBAMA’S CALL FOR TWO-STATE SOLUTION
Obama’s Speech: First Responses from the Region
Obama Delivers Speech to Muslim World in Cairo
America Reacts to Obama’s Speech
POMED’s Andrew Albertson on Obama and Democracy Promotion
More Chatter on Obama’s Speech
More Feedback on Obama’s Speech
Actions Speak Louder than Words: Response to Obama
Did Obama Fail to Deliver?
From the Advocacy Crowd: Welcoming Obama’s Speech
Obama’s Cairo speech an event of historic proportions
Meshaal on Obama speech: Good, but--
EGYPT:’Obama Talks Democracy, Endorses Dictatorship’
US-MIDEAST: Hamas Leader to Obama: Deeds, Not Words
MB: Obama’s Speech For Improvement of America’s Image, Offers No New To the Islamic World
Obama changes the Middle East
Obama’s Speech: First Responses from the Region
America Reacts to Obama’s Speech
POMED’s Andrew Albertson on Obama and Democracy Promotion
More Chatter on Obama’s Speech
Mixed reactions to Obama’s speech
In speech at Cairo University Barack Obama outlines US foreign policy
OBAMA IN THE MUSLIM WORLD
Obama hints acceptance of elected Islamists
Obama must challenge authoritarian alternatives to democracy
President Obama Speaks to the World’s Muslims: An Early Assessment
Obama and Egypt: actions speak louder than words?
Obama speech heralds New Beginnings for promoting democracy?
Egyptian Public to Greet Obama with Suspicion
MB Chairman Will Respond to Obama’s Speech on Saturday
Obama Speaks to the Muslim World
Obama Insinuates Internationalization of Jerusalem
katatni Praises Obama’s Speech, Urges For Real Change in US Policies
Hamas: Obama’s address to the Muslim world will be judged through his sincerity
Muslims want actions, not words, from Obama
Muslim Brothers Make the Obama Cut
Obama’s subtle shift on Islamism
Gov’t committee against siege invites Obama to visit Gaza
Cairo prepares for King Tut Obama
Egypt Prepares For Obama’s Visit
What will Obama say in Egypt?
Katatni: MB Would Welcome Effective Debate With Obama During His Visit
Akbar Ahmed and Andrew Natsios sign Open Letter to President Obama
Obama chooses Egypt
Kefaya, opposition forces to stage protests during upcoming Obama visit
Cairo is the wrong choice for Obama
Obama’s Choice Shows Egypt’s Role
Obama’s Arab ratings: Six-nation survey
Egyptians Hold Least Favorable Veiws of Obama
Obama picks Egypt for Muslim address
Obama Approval High Among Muslims, Jews, and Catholics
Will Obama’s Administration Reconsider its Hamas Stance
Obama asks for modification in US law to talk to Hamas
The Crisis That Could Bring Down Obama
Obama’s speech at Turkish parliament
Morsy: Obama’s Message to the Muslim World a Talk about Unknown Future
Obama’s on-target message to Muslims
Debating Democracy in the Obama Era
More Reactions to Obama’s Ankara Speech
Obama is right for an opening to Muslims
Obama Strengthening Ties with The Muslim World
In Turkey, Obama Addresses the Muslim World
Obama’s G20 and Turkey’s Trip
Obama & Muslim World: Changing Course
Assessing Obama’s Policy Toward the Muslim World
Obama, Israel and Palestine
Will the Real Obama Middle East Strategy Please Stand Up?
Hamas: Obama will be judged through his deeds
Obama’s Arab and Muslim Strategy
Muslim Scholar Unwelcome: Obama Lawyer
Can Obama talk to the Brotherhood?
Will Obama go beyond the superficial?
Mishaal: Obama using new language towards Middle East
Nunu: Haneyya asked Obama to turn his words into deeds
Obama’s Middle East moment of truth
Obama takes a cue from Clinton era
Scholars Urge Obama to Push for Democracy in Middle East
Obama starts well with Muslims but must do more
Obama’s No Socialist. I Should Know.
Mr. Obama: Don’t let Israel destroy America
Obama backs off on Israel, again
Open Letter to President Obama about Democracy Promotion in the Middle East and the Muslim World
Memo to Obama: don’t abandon Arab democrats
Expert: Obama’s Administration Prioritises settlement of Arab-Israeli Conflict
Bi-Partisan Group of Prominent Scholars and Experts Urge President Obama to Make Democracy
Iraqi MB: Obama’s Decision to Withdraw a Step in the Right Direction
Take Action on President Obama’s FY2010 Budget Request for Military Aid to Israel
Obama: faith should unite, not divide
Pointers for the Obama Administration in the Middle East: Avoiding Myths and Vain Hopes
Welcome to Obama’s “New Era of Peace”
Why the Muslim World Can’t Hear Obama ?
Report: Obama will deal with the Palestinian cause in the interest of Israel
Thoughts on Obama’s Outreach to the Arab World
Obama allows CIA kidnappings worldwide as first job
Questions for Barack Obama
Obama moves swiftly on Middle East
Obama’s Middle East challenge
Reactions to Obama’s Al Arabiya Interview
Why Did Obama Choose Al-Arabiya for His First Major Interview?
Haniyyah Calls On Obama to Back Palestinians’ Right to Liberty and Independence
Transcript of Obama’s Interview On Al-Arabiya Television
Obama: Regime Rotation
Resilient Arab regimes deaf to Obama’s words
Question for Barack Obama on Middle East Envoys: How come there ain’t no brothers on the wall?
In Case You Missed It, Obama’s Speech at AIPAC
POMED Asks: “As President, What Should Obama Say to the Middle East?”
Editorial: Not In Defense of Obama
Obama’s Palestine choices
Obama, Middle East and the Freedom Agenda
Obama’s win promotes democracy in Arab world
On Obama’s Inherited Freedom Agenda
Obama could change dynamics in the Arab world
Obama’s Essential Reading
MB Did Not Flatter Obama, It Praised A Value, Says MB Secretary General
Muslim Brotherhood Chairman Comments on Obama’s Victory
Qaradawi: I Supported Obama For Change
Obama One More Time
What Moderate Islamists Expect from Obama?
A Historic Opportunity for President-Elect Obama
More on Obama and the Middle East
More on Obama and the Middle East
Obama’s Message Resonates in Egypt - To a Point
Does Obama’s Success Represent A Civilization Value?
Hamas Says it is Ready to Talk to Obama
Obama: don’t surrender to the Jewish lobby
Obama, Emanuel and Israel
Obama and my Grandmother
Europe’s Muslims Urge Obama "Overcome the Mistakes of the Past"
Obama’s freedom agenda?
Welcome to Mideast Peace, President Obama
Obama Appeal in Muslim World May Tone Down Militants (Update2)
Hamas: We’ll judge Obama by his actions not by his electoral agenda
US expatriates, Egyptian locals hail Obama the "American Dream"
Anti-Obama Smears About Religion or Race?
CNN exclusive: Obama on foreign policy
U.S. Jews outraged over phone campaign alleging ’Obama gave money to PLO’
Obama and McCain on 9/11: “unity” in support of war and repression
World wants Obama to be next US president: poll
Biden: Israel will be more protected with Obama
Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama
Obama camp denies report Biden said Israel will have to reconcile to nuclear Iran
Obama: World must not let Iran corner Israel
The Last Pharaoh will be the biggest challenge to Obama
Open letter to President Obama
150 Clergy Appeal to Obama: Don’t Lose Your Ethical Vision, Don’t Move to the Political Center
After the letter to Obama
Jailed Nur urges Obama to back Arab democracy
Editorial: Muslim Brotherhood Hits the Obama Campaign Trail
Obama’s Muslim-Outreach Adviser Resigns
Obama, Israel and Palestine
Obama (and Big Media) Turn Blind Eye to Israeli Apartheid
Palestinians see Obama as agent of change
Obama Should Lead in the Fourth World War against Extremism
Obama on Zionism and Hamas
Confronting Questions, Obama Assures Jews of His Support
Obama making plans to attract voters and money for November
Barack Obama did it again!
How Obama Could Seize Pennsylvania
Iraq Troika: McCain, Obama and Clinton